Waiting on Wednesday: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.
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The Fall
Bethany Griffin
Expected Publication: October 7, 2014
Genre: YA Gothic
Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down?The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.
I seem to be into gothic nowadays. The only thing I've read of Edgar Allan Poe is The Raven. We were seriously lacking in literature in high school so... But The Fall might be riveting.
Ayanami Faerudo

Book Review: Contingency by Peggy Martinez

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Contingency
Sage Hannigan Time Warper #1
Peggy Martinez
Genre: YA Paranormal, Time Travel
Eighteen-year-old Sage Hannigan wants to get back to her own time, preferably one that hasn’t been destroyed by an underworld plot brewing in Edwardian-era South Carolina. How hard can it be?

All she has to do is:

1. Learn to use newly acquired warping skills to bend time to her will.
2. Take out a few rogue vampires.
3. Join an ancient secret society.
4. Figure out who is putting the time stream in jeopardy.
5. Find and maim whoever invented the corset.

Sage never asked to be chosen by the Druid Priestess, Amerach, to become a Warper and she never asked to have the future hanging on her shoulders or to warp a hundred years into the past. She certainly never asked to meet Dr. Aldwin Blake, who would make her question her desire to get back to her own time. But if she fails her mission, people will die, history will change, and the present she wishes to return to will be no more.
Dear Sage, 

You were not completely believable nor convincing. Not that much. I seemed to be scratching my head at your smooth acceptance of finding yourself in the past, with supernatural powers and thrust into a world filled with preternatural beings since you're hardly fazed at all. I would've been freaking out and would have been asking a lot of questions and generally being suspicious of everyone around me. It's my nature and maybe it's not yours. You kept a level head and kudos to you.

With regards to your role as a Time Warper. This role is eerily similar to other secret time societies that I have read in the past. With all these societies protecting the world's timeline, we can rest assured that the ideal turn of events are happening as they are. I guess these societies couldn't have prevented wars could they? Then again, even expert time travelers are not all knowing about events that are supposed to occur. My head aches with all these time rules.

I also don't relish finding yourself in a love triangle since I abhor that kind of entanglement. Unless it's a kinky sort of story like things at Changeling Press, then no, hell to the no with love triangles. Because of that, I couldn't believe that you're in love with Aldwin at all. You only ever told us about his stunning good looks and his being sweet with you. But..."love of your life" immediately? On a side note, I know he's a fae, Sage. It was obvious. Every preternatural being was accounted for and the only thing never being introduced formally in the flesh was a fae. I am rooting for Soren though.

The plot you found yourself in was interesting enough. Congratulations, you saved President Roosevelt. I told you that completely trusting strangers would get you in trouble. Haven't you learned anything from your foster home experience?

Despite all that, I am too curious with what happens next. So until the next book.
Ayanami Faerudo

Book Blitz: Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

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IFB is hosting the promo tour for the third and final book in Susan Dennard's steampunk, zombie trilogy. Continue below for a sample and a cool giveaway.


Strange and Ever After
Something Strange and Deadly #3
Susan Dennard
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

Other Books in the Series
About the Author

Susan Dennard is a writer turned marine biologist turned writer again. Strange and Ever After is the conclusion to her trilogy, which includes A Darkness Strange and Lovely and Something Strange and Deadly. Among the traits she shares with her heroine Eleanor are a weakness for Shakespeare quotes, a healthy appetite for baked goods, and an insatiable curiosity. Sadly, Susan does not get to wear a corset or wave a parasol on a daily basis.

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 Ayanami Faerudo

Waiting on Wednesday: Compulsion by Martina Boone

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.
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Compulsion
Heirs of Watson Island #1
Martina Boone
Expected Publication: October 28, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal, Gothic
Beautiful Creatures meets The Body Finder in this spellbinding new trilogy.

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson had been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
Southern gothic, they say. I'm in.

But what kind of a name is Eight anyway?
Ayanami Faerudo

Book Review: Tempting Fate by April White

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Tempting Fate
Immortal Descendants #2
April White
Genre: YA Paranormal, Time Travel
Seventeen-year-old Clocker, Saira Elian is back on the run and being hunted by Mongers. The Descendants of War are amassing power in the 21st century, bent on controlling all the Immortal Descendants. Their attempt to kidnap Saira, a rare Descendant of Time and Nature, reveals just how brazen they’ve become. Archer, the vampire who has loved Saira for over a century, is willing to risk everything to protect her.

When a horrific vision reveals Ringo, thief and loyal companion from 1888, being tortured at the hands of the bloodthirsty Bishop Wilder in a Renaissance prison, Saira and Archer realize there has been a ripple in the river of Time, and they must travel to 1554 to find its source and save their friend. Their rescue mission lures them to the Tower of London, site of the most notorious executions in history, where they encounter the mysterious Lady Elizabeth who is confronting a terrible fate of her own.

The time-traveler, the vampire, and the thief will need all of their skills and ingenuity as they race against time to steal a document that could change the course of history and put the Immortal Descendants at the mercy of the Mongers. Can they stop a madman bent on collecting the blood of history’s most powerful Seer before the executioner’s axe falls?
I was running with Saira the moment I joined her again in Tempting Fate. I thought we were running for our lives again and I was honing my survival skills. Good thing everything was in motion at the beginning, just like in the first book, because it set the tone and the anticipation for the rest of the book. I knew exactly what I was going to get: adventure. 

I said this before in my review of the first book, Marking Time, but Saira is a really good character. Great even. What makes me admire her is that when she makes mistakes, when she’s being reprimanded and scolded by people who love her, she learns from them and she owns them and she would say I’m sorry like she means it and strive to be a better person not only for herself but for others she’s finding she cares about and who cares for her in return. This is a continuation of her personal journey from Marking Time. She grew up taking care of herself and she was afraid that if and when she lets others take care of her and love her like she is deserved to be loved, then she would lose herself in the process. She was terrified and it took a queen-to-be and a brother-from-another-mother that she’s hurting herself more along with the people, Archer in particular, who loves her. But she realized that and the fact that she’s not so alone anymore. “And is it so great, what ye’re holding onto?” asked Ringo. All she had to do was be brave and jump. 

I didn’t get the significance of clocking to 1554 if only to save Ringo from Bishop Wilder based on a vision. All they had to do was exclude Ringo from their plans, avoid getting him from his time in 1888. Simple as that. But time and circumstances had a way of getting out of hand and before they knew it they found themselves in situations that they’ve been preventing themselves to get into. There were things they had foreseen that they changed. There were things that they did not expect to happen. And there were things that were just meant to be. 

On a side note, if Mr. Shaw ever taught at any school I’ve attended, I would’ve signed up for every class he taught. 

It started in the first books but this is the first time I’ve noticed it fully, it being that quirk of Saira’s giving nicknames to every person she meets “fairy” for Ava. It helps me actually by giving a “name” to a character before knowing his or her real name so as not to overly use the words he, she, that man, the girl and such. 

About 80% of the book was spent in 1554. I don’t much about that time and history in England except for who was ruling and where the, then, Lady Elizabeth was. But I think my amount of knowledge would increase since I would probably research that time and place to the bone because of all the wonderful, tantalizing tidbits of history that April White so artfully woven into the story.

When is Stalking Nature coming out?
Ayanami Faerudo